The Collection of One of New York's Foremost American Art Galleries Over the Past 50 Years
Hundreds of Works Will Be Offered in Select Auctions in 2012 and 2013
Initial Offering on November 13 to Feature 30 Works by John Henry Twatchman, Philip Leslie Hale, Maurice Prendergast, Alfred Maurer, Soren Emil Carlsen, Richard Hayley Lever, Alexander Calder, and Others
Doyle New York is honored to announce the sale of the Spanierman Gallery, LLC Collection of American Art in select auctions in 2012 and 2013. The initial offering of 30 works will be a featured section of Doyle New York’s auction of American Art on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Future sales will present hundreds of examples of important American art for which Spanierman Gallery has earned a distinguished reputation over the past 50 years.
Since its founding by Ira Spanierman in the 1960s, Spanierman Gallery’s exhibitions, research and catalogues have made an immeasurable contribution to American art history and connoiseurship. Mr. Spanierman’s scholarship and deep understanding have played an essential role in building the body of knowledge that now exists on American art and artists from the colonial era through the mid-20th century. Spanierman Gallery has also placed many works of iconic value in prominent public and private collections across the country.
Recently Spanierman Gallery has refocused in a new direction and is now specializing in modern and contemporary American art. The gallery has received recognition in particular for its shows of Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting and of work by living artists who have followed these traditions.
The sale of Spanierman Gallery’s extensive collection of traditional American art has created an exciting opportunity for collectors and curators to acquire works carefully chosen by one of the art world’s leading figures in American art. Mr. Spanierman’s eye for the extraordinary, the unique, the interesting and the beautiful are well demonstrated in the offerings, which have been maintained with loving and careful attention.
November 13 Highlights
Highlights from the Spanierman Gallery Collection of American Art to be offered on November 13 include four fine examples by John Henry Twachtman, featuring a circa 1895 view of Yellowstone Park (est. $120,000-180,000). Spanierman Gallery is sponsoring a forthcoming catalogue raisonné on Twachman’s work, co-authored by Lisa N. Peters, Ph.D. and Ira Spanierman.
A Summer Visit (Matunuck, Rhode Island), painted by Philip Leslie Hale during the course of a visit with his aunt, is a seminal work and reflects the Impressionist style that he formulated in the mid-1890s following a sojourn in Giverny and exposure to French symbolist painting (est. $100,000-200,000). The auction also features the last fully bound sketchbook of studies by Maurice Prendergast not in a museum collection, with brilliantly colored watercolors and deft studies of daily life in the early 20th century (est. $50,000-70,000). A wonderful doublesided workby Alfred Maurer reflects the artist’s Fauvist palette, to which he turned in 1908 after his own exposure to progressive trends in Paris (est. $40,000-60,000).
Among the other exceptional works to be offered on November 13 are A Clearing Beyond the Trees by Soren Emil Carlsen; Untitled(Biomorphic Forms) by Alexander Calder; The Terrace, Paris by William James Glackens; and London Docks by Hayley Lever.
"I’m very sentimental about all the wonderful things I’ve collected over the years,” said Ira Spanierman. “19th and early 20th century art and American Impressionism have always been a love of mine. I am passionate about this work and feel that every painting is a treasure.”
Anne Cohen DePietro, Doyle New York’s Director of American Art said, “This project is especially meaningful for me, since it brings together my prior tenure working at Spanierman Gallery and my five years at Doyle New York. I’m delighted to offer works of such exceptional quality in our upcoming paintings sales.”
Second Offering of Works
A second offering of approximately 36 works will be included in Doyle New York’s November 19, 2012 auction of American Furniture, Decorations and 19th Century Paintings.
Below are the 30 lots from the Spanierman Gallery, LLC Collection of American Art to be offered on November 13.